Top Ten Canoe, Kayak, and Raft Camping Trips

Desert Sojourn: Green River, Utah
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The Green River slices down eastern Utah, merging with the Colorado River in Canyonlands National Park. This makes for a long river journey, with encounters with many different personalities along the way. If you go with a lively crew, there'll be no end to the fun.

The Green River starts in the north in the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. Because it's such a long river, most people take the river in sections, depending on their abilities and interests. The fun frequently begins in Dinosaur National Monument. This is where you'll encounter the Green River Gorge, which is as deep as the Grand Canyon. Other highlights along the Green's inexorable flow to the Colorado include Ouray National Wildlife Refuge, Lodore Canyon, Gray and Desolation Canyons, and Labyrinth Canyon, and Canyonlands National Park.

Just the Facts

For more information: The Green River passes through a number of jurisdictions. The largest chunk is held by the Bureau of Land Management. Call one of their Utah offices for the section you're interested in.

Suitable craft: Depending on the section, canoe, raft, or whitewater kayak

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